To minimize the spread of any respiratory virus (including things like the flu/influenza and COVID-19), the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness recommends the following:
Wash your hands with soap and water often. If soap and water are not readily available, you can use alcohol-based hand sanitizer, if hands are not visibly dirty.
Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it in a garbage bin lined with a plastic bag.
If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve.
Wash your hands immediately after coughing and/or sneezing.
Stay home if you’re sick.
Clean and disinfect surfaces that are shared and used often.
Wear a non-medical mask when in public spaces
If you have flu-like symptoms, please complete the COVID-19 self-assessment online. If you, or family members, need a COVID-19 test, a Nova Scotia Health or IWK representative will call you within 24-48 hours. They will tell you where you need to go for the test and your appointment time.
For more information about COVID-19, please consult the following websites: